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Camp John Hay denies ‘squatting’ issue in Baguio

Rappler.com
The lessee at the Camp John Hay complex in Baguio City denied claims by the state-run BCDA that illegal structures were built at the former US recreational facility.

MANILA, Philippines – The lessee at the Camp John Hay complex in Baguio City denied claims by the state-run Bases Conversion Development Corp (BCDA) that illegal structures were built at the former US recreational facility.

In a statement on Tuesday, February 28, Camp John Hay Development Corp (CJHDevCo) said its housing units for its security guards and K9 units that stand on a 600-square-meter prime lot inside the John Hay Special Economic Zone did not make the Sobrepeña -led lessee a “squatter.”
 
CJHDevCo was referring to the criminal case that BCDA recently filed at the Justice Department against CJHDevCo, its security arm called Warbird Security and Investigation Agency, and the officials of the 2 firms.  
 
“We deplore the strong-arm tactics being resorted to by BCDA in its bid to justify a takeover of John Hay,” CJHDevCo Chief Operating Officer Alfredo R. Yniguez said.

He added that these are just efforts of BCDA to seize control of the profitable Camp John Hay Manor Hotel and the Camp John Hay Golf Club that CJHDevco now runs.

Yniguez said its security provider, Warbird, erected outposts and other temporary security facilities that were primarily intended to secure the John Hay Manor and other vital facilities within the CJH Devco area such as Sewage Treatment Plant 6 and the popular Eco-Trail area.
 
“Considering the importance of the sewage treatment plant and the fact that the Eco-Trail is a fairly isolated area, security facilities were erected there to help secure not only the facility but also the many John Hay visitors who walk through the Eco-Trail every day,” Yniguez said.
 
The BCDA had said CJHDevCo has not paid rental fees that have since ballooned to P3 billion. – Rappler.com

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